Gallery: Ducati Panigale R Final Edition vs Honda Fireblade SP2

Published: 07 October 2017

Ducati's glorious Panigale R Final Edition is the last hurrah of the the big v-twin superbike before its place is taken by the new Ducati V4 in 2018. The Final Edition is the culmination of years of refinement and as a result it's a completely unapologetic, single-minded track weapon and excess all areas slice of exotica.

The Fireblade SP2, on the other hand, is a lightweight, creamy smooth superbike that's incredibly easy to ride on the road and almost £13,000 cheaper. Of course we had to put them head-to-head to see how they compare.

Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition, £34.995

209bhp | 190kg

Say hello to Ducati's final V-twin superbike before the V4 arrives next year. The special-edition machine mixes the adjustable chassis of the Panigale R and the EVO electronics of the 1299S with a Superleggera-derived motor.

Honda Fireblade SP2, £22,225

189bhp | 195kg

Honda's homologation special SP2 has been built to allow the new Blade to go superbike racing. Almost identical to the £19,129 SP, the limited-edition machine has race-ready engine tweaks and lightweight Marchesini wheels.